Computer keyboards and mice are exposed to a lot of dust and grit in jobsite offices and their lives can be short.

(Photo courtesy of Cyberresearch Inc.)

Now CyberResearch, a Branford, Conn.-based company with a line of PC-based data acquisition hardware and software, has introduced a rubber-sheeted keyboard with built-in mouse keys.

The device meets the National Electrical Manufacturers Association's ratings for withstanding falling dirt, rain, sleet, snow, wind-blown dust, hose-directed water and damage from external ice formation. "Whatever the environment is, it would withstand it," says Chris Watson, a CyberResearch engineer.

The keyboard still doesn't ruggedize your computer, but at $295, it's a start. Call 1-800-341-2525 for information.